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JOHN ROZENTALS finds a scrummy new red lurking under Mount Langi Ghiran’s Hollows Vineyard label.

December 18, 2017 Beverage No Comments Email Email

Trevor Mast, who died aged just 63 in March 2012, developed vineyards at several sites in the foothills of his beloved Mount Langi Ghiran, in western Victoria.

Among them was The Hollows vineyard, established in 1996 on a site protected from the cold south-westerlies and with a variety of aspects and soil types suited to producing a range of the wine styles that Mast was seeking.

The name is derived from both the surname of the property’s previous owner and the undulating nature of the landscape of the little valley that this vineyard occupies at the northern end of Mount Langi Ghiran.

The first shiraz under the Mount Langi Ghiran Hollows Vineyard label was produced from the 2010 vintage and received immediate acclaim for its soft and approachable, yet quite richly flavoured cool-climate style.

During the 2015 vintage, a block of the Italian red variety sangiovese from the Hollows vineyard caught the eye — and obviously the palate — of the Mount Langi Ghiran winemaking team, who found it individual enough and delicious enough to commit to the production of a new wine under the Mount Langi Ghiran Hollows Vineyard label.

I certainly found it delicious enough to include as my Wine of the Week.

Visit www.langi.com.au.

WINE REVIEWS

Mount Langi Ghiran Hollows Vineyard 2015 Shiraz ($25): Softness and approachability seem to be consistent keys to the structure of Langi shiraz and they certainly shine here. Look for richly layered flavours of dark berryfruits intertwined  with the lifted scents of spices. Match with some really top steak, straight off the char grill.

Isobel Estate 2016 Marlborough Chardonnay ($35): For most of the wine-drinking world, New Zealand’s Marlborough region is synonymous with sauvignon blanc. This wine is proof that other grape varieties also do well there. It was recently crowned Champion Wine of Show at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards, the first time in 25 years that a Marlborough chardonnay had won that trophy. The judges commented that it was a clear winner: “It’s packed with flavour but still maintains a remarkable lightness on its feet.”

WINE OF THE WEEK

Mount Langi Ghiran Hollows Vineyard 2015 Sangiovese ($25): The flavours red cherries, with distinct herbal notes, are the keys to this lovely medium-bodied red. Don’t expect incredibly dense, deep colour. Sangiovese just isn’t like that. Instead you get a glass of joyful, fruit-driven, food-friendly red that would go a treat in your local bistro with a bowl of red-sauced pasta.

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